Sarah Palin. Who she is and who she is NOT!

Sarah Palin. I suspected it would be a woman. Meg Whitman, I thought, but this is the mystery choice of the election.  McCain met her once in person, and once over the phone. Apparently, the third time was the charm because I highly doubt that she was even vetted.

This is what I know so far:

Just this month, she is being investigated by a bi-partisan committee for allegations of abuse of power in case involving the firing of her former brother-in-law.

McCain has said the the most important quality of a running mate is the ability to become commander-in-chief at a moments notice.

Gov. Palin, who has said herself that she is “not really interested in Iraq,” has no foreign policy experience whatsoever. With a 72 year old cancer survivor as our president, and such a complicated world, can we really take that chance?

Palin has served only 2 years as Governor and before that, she was council woman and mayor in a small town.

She has a modest 4 year bachelors degree in journalism with a minor in politics.

She is currently under investigation by an independent investigator hired by the state legislature for abuse of power.  To put it simply, her sister went through a divorce (with a difficult custody battle) from a state trouper named Mike Wooten, so Palin allegedly fired his boss because he did not fire Wooton. This investigation has commenced this month, and a deposition is pending in August, 2008.

Last year, Palin disagreed with the Board of Agriculture and Conservation controlled Creamery Board who wanted to shut down a state funded dairy company, so she fired the entire board and replaced them with members that agreed with her.  The Matanuska Maid Dairy went out of business anyway and the state could not even sell off their assets to pay of its debts.

She is adamantly pro-life with no exceptions and advocates that creationism should be taught in schools.

This choice has made quite a sparkle, but hot fire burns out quickly.  Soon, the news will spread that she has no history of any kind in national, international and foreign policy issue.  I wouldn’t trust her to be a heartbeat away from our commander-in-chief and there are very few that would.

Choosing a vice president is the first important decision a candidate must make.  If this is McCain’s first judgement call as president, he stepped out of the gate and into the mud.


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3 responses to “Sarah Palin. Who she is and who she is NOT!

  1. I just can’t believe you can pick somebody as your VP after having only one or two face to face conversation… Seriously, one or two. I thought his judgment would be better than this. This is a total gimmick ploy…


  2. Wow, amazing what a poor choice this is!

    I thought McCain had more intelligence than to pick Palin.
    Frankly, I am embarrassed for the GOP.
    I mean, is that the best they can come up with?
    What happened to the great right-wing think tanks?

    It’s like McCain torpedoed his own ship.
    Here’s a 72 year-old fellow who chooses a gal with no
    foreign policy experience, and she is one heart-beat away from
    being THE person that would have to go toe to toe with the
    likes of Putin, Ahmedinejad, Kim Il Sung.
    She is essentially a PTA lady from a town of 9000.

    Well, at least it ensures the GOP will carry Alaska.
    Oh, wait, that’s already a red state.


  3. neuronz

    The trouble we have here is the reflexive thinking that no matter what the Republicans do, the loyalists follow the party line and go along with what ever the wise “elders” choose to do. I now see Republicans twisting, turning and squirming to somehow make this decision into a “stroke of genius.” Think back to Dan Qualye, a truly great mind, if there ever was one. Consider McCain’s comments about George H. W. Bush’s choice of Qualye for Vice-President: Quayle was chosen to appeal to a younger generation of Americans and his looks were praised by Senator McCain, who said “I can’t believe a guy that handsome wouldn’t have some impact.” (The quote is from the Wikipedia citation on Dan Qualye; I’m not making this up!) Is this how you choose a VP?

    Palin will have some appeal with voters because she’s a woman, but other than that… what? As long as she’s anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage, pro gun ownership, born again and backs drilling in the National Artic Wildlife Refuge, she’s the one. Does experience, whether you’re a man or woman, count for anything? Would you hire her to work in your business? How many times have you looked on jobs offered ads or websites and it says “Prior experience required”? If this is his first “presidential decision” I am not impressed.

    I hope the electorate is a little smarter than McCain; we shall see.


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